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McAfee & Taft top-ranked in inaugural edition of U.S. News and World Report’s ‘Best Law Firms’

September 15, 2010

McAfee & Taft was named to the inaugural edition of “Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S News and World Report and Best Lawyers.

McAfee & Taft received top-tier rankings in the areas of Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Construction Law, Corporate Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Management, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Equipment Finance Law, Franchise Law, General Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, Intellectual Property Law, Labor Law – Management, Mergers & Acquisition Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil & Gas Law, Project Finance Law, Real Estate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Tax Law, and Trusts & Estates Law.

These rankings showcase 8,782 different law firms ranked in one or more of 81 major practice areas, providing a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession that is unprecedented both in the range of firms represented and in the range of qualitative and quantitative data used to develop the rankings.

In national surveys, major clients and leading lawyers were asked to rate the law firms they consider best in their practice area. In the end, 9,514 clients — including every Fortune 100 company and 587 of the Fortune 1000 companies — provided 194,370 firm practice-area evaluations; 6,190 clients provided 11,181 comments about law firm practice areas and individual lawyers; and 8,842 lawyers provided 594,012 firm practice-area evaluations.

These reputational survey responses were combined with more than 3.1 million evaluations of individual lawyers in these firms in the most recent Best Lawyers survey of leading lawyers. Hard numbers were also used to develop the practice area rankings — data about numbers of lawyers and their previous experience, numbers of clients within different billing ranges, numbers of transactions and litigation matters at different dollar levels; pro-bono commitment, diversity, and other objective data.

McAfee & Taft is one of the largest, most experienced law firms in the region, serving clients nationally and internationally in the areas of aviation, business law, business restructuring and bankruptcy, corporate and securities, employee benefits, entertainment law, environmental law, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, oil and gas, real estate and tax and family wealth.  The firm employs more than 300 Oklahomans, including 162 attorneys, and has offices in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.